Andrew Mullen

Andrew Mullen

Production Editor, Political Economy

Andrew Mullen returned to the Post in 2018 as a Production Editor for the Political Economy desk having earlier worked as a reporter on the Sport desk. He has previously worked for the Press Association, the BBC and sport marketing company Lagardere Sports in both Hong Kong and the United Kingdom.

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China GDP: economic slowdown underlined in fourth quarter, but 2021 beat growth target

China’s economy grew by 4 per cent in the fourth quarter of last year, with the slowdown promoting the central bank to cut two key policy rates to address headwinds.

China’s economy grew by 4 per cent in the fourth quarter of last year, with the slowdown promoting the central bank to cut two key policy rates to address headwinds.

17 Jan 2022 - 5:17PM
China trade: strong performance in 2021, but signs of economic slowdown visible in December

China’s exports grew by 29.9 per cent in 2021 compared to the previous year, while imports last year grew by 30.1 per cent over the same period, customs data released on Friday showed.

China’s exports grew by 29.9 per cent in 2021 compared to the previous year, while imports last year grew by 30.1 per cent over the same period, customs data released on Friday showed.

14 Jan 2022 - 11:52AM
China inflation: easing consumer, factory-gate price pressure opens door for Beijing to support slowing economy

China’s official consumer price index (CPI) rose by 1.5 per cent in December from a year earlier, while the producer price index (PPI) rose by 10.3 per cent last month, data released on Wednesday showed.

China’s official consumer price index (CPI) rose by 1.5 per cent in December from a year earlier, while the producer price index (PPI) rose by 10.3 per cent last month, data released on Wednesday showed.

12 Jan 2022 - 4:13PM
Best of 2021: Joe Biden, China-Australia relations dominate most read economy stories of the year

A story looking at Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan took centre stage as the most read economy story of 2021 at the top of a list otherwise dominated by China-Australia relations.

A story looking at Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan took centre stage as the most read economy story of 2021 at the top of a list otherwise dominated by China-Australia relations.

1 Jan 2022 - 8:30AM
Explainer | What is RCEP, the world’s largest free trade deal that is under way?

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade agreement took effect for most of the 15 member countries, including China, on January 1.

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade agreement took effect for most of the 15 member countries, including China, on January 1.

4 Jan 2022 - 11:23AM
China’s manufacturing activity continues to expand, but economy facing headwinds in new year

China’s official manufacturing purchasing managers’ index (PMI) rose for a second month in a row in December, but 2021 ends with the world’s second-largest economy facing a number of uncertainties.

China’s official manufacturing purchasing managers’ index (PMI) rose for a second month in a row in December, but 2021 ends with the world’s second-largest economy facing a number of uncertainties.

5 Jan 2022 - 10:09AM
China economy 2021 quiz: how much do you remember from the past 12 months?

Another 12 months have passed, but what do you remember from the top stories involving China’s economy this year?

Another 12 months have passed, but what do you remember from the top stories involving China’s economy this year?

12 Jan 2022 - 5:22PM
China, Australia agree to move ahead with WTO wine-tariff dispute that has cost 100 million litres in sales

China has imposed anti-dumping duties on Australian wines since March, but the World Trade Organization (WTO) agreed to establish a dispute-settlement panel in October.

China has imposed anti-dumping duties on Australian wines since March, but the World Trade Organization (WTO) agreed to establish a dispute-settlement panel in October.

22 Dec 2021 - 9:21AM
China cuts benchmark loan rate for first time in almost 2 years amid mounting economic pressures

China cut its one-year loan prime rate (LPR) on Monday for the first time since April 2020 amid mounting economic pressures.

China cut its one-year loan prime rate (LPR) on Monday for the first time since April 2020 amid mounting economic pressures.

20 Dec 2021 - 3:35PM
China’s retail sales growth slows in latest blow to economic recovery

China’s retail sales, industrial production and fixed-asset investment all grew in November from a year earlier, data released on Wednesday showed.

China’s retail sales, industrial production and fixed-asset investment all grew in November from a year earlier, data released on Wednesday showed.

15 Dec 2021 - 11:24AM
China inflation: consumer price growth accelerates due to rising food costs, but factory-gate prices ‘level off’

China’s official consumer price index (CPI) rose by 2.3 per cent in November from a year earlier, while the producer price index (PPI) rose by 12.9 per cent last month.

China’s official consumer price index (CPI) rose by 2.3 per cent in November from a year earlier, while the producer price index (PPI) rose by 12.9 per cent last month.

9 Dec 2021 - 3:48PM
Explainer | China’s inflation: why was official database updated with more historical data?

China’s producer price index (PPI) rose by what was said to be a record high in September, but an update to the official inflation database meant October’s subsequent rise was not reported as a record.

China’s producer price index (PPI) rose by what was said to be a record high in September, but an update to the official inflation database meant October’s subsequent rise was not reported as a record.

17 Nov 2021 - 5:00AM
China’s economic recovery stabilises as retail sales, industrial production growth beat expectations

China’s retail sales and industrial production growth both beat expectations in October, according to data released on Monday.

China’s retail sales and industrial production growth both beat expectations in October, according to data released on Monday.

15 Nov 2021 - 4:30PM
China inflation: consumers set to feel ‘stronger’ knock-on effect of rising factory-gate prices

Higher raw material prices, which have plagued mainly the metals-dependent industries in China, are now spreading to consumer goods industries.

Higher raw material prices, which have plagued mainly the metals-dependent industries in China, are now spreading to consumer goods industries.

10 Nov 2021 - 9:00PM
China consumer inflation up amid food supply concerns as factory-gate prices surge again

China’s official consumer price index (CPI) rose by 1.5 per cent in October from a year earlier, while the producer price index (PPI) rose by 13.5 per cent last month.

China’s official consumer price index (CPI) rose by 1.5 per cent in October from a year earlier, while the producer price index (PPI) rose by 13.5 per cent last month.

10 Nov 2021 - 11:20AM
5 things you need to know about China’s power crisis

China has been dealing with power rationing and blackouts since September due to Beijing’s determination to cut emissions and surging prices.

China has been dealing with power rationing and blackouts since September due to Beijing’s determination to cut emissions and surging prices.

29 Oct 2021 - 3:12AM
Explainer | What does a stronger US dollar-yuan exchange rate mean, and why is Beijing worried?

The exchange rate between China’s yuan and the US dollar has become a closely watched issue as a lower yuan exchange rate figure means it takes fewer yuan to purchase one US dollar, indicating a stronger Chinese currency.

The exchange rate between China’s yuan and the US dollar has become a closely watched issue as a lower yuan exchange rate figure means it takes fewer yuan to purchase one US dollar, indicating a stronger Chinese currency.

22 Oct 2021 - 5:18AM
China GDP: economic recovery stalls, growth slows to 4.9 per cent in third quarter

China’s economy grew by 4.9 per cent in the third quarter of 2021 compared with a year earlier, down from the 7.9 per cent growth seen in the second quarter.

China’s economy grew by 4.9 per cent in the third quarter of 2021 compared with a year earlier, down from the 7.9 per cent growth seen in the second quarter.

18 Oct 2021 - 11:26AM
China GDP: how will third quarter growth fare amid a power crisis, sluggish consumption and property curbs?

Poor retail sales, surging raw material costs, widespread power outages and mutant Covid-19 outbreaks have slowed China’s economic recovery over the past three months.

Poor retail sales, surging raw material costs, widespread power outages and mutant Covid-19 outbreaks have slowed China’s economic recovery over the past three months.

15 Oct 2021 - 10:34PM
China inflation: record factory prices amid power crunch add to risks facing world’s No 2 economy

Rising factory-gate prices in China, which could eventually filter through to consumers, and signs of cooling economic growth are fuelling risks of ‘stagflation’, economists say.

Rising factory-gate prices in China, which could eventually filter through to consumers, and signs of cooling economic growth are fuelling risks of ‘stagflation’, economists say.

16 Nov 2021 - 11:51AM
China inflation: factory-gate prices rise at fastest pace on record due to surging coal costs amid power crisis

China’s official producer price index (PPI) rose by 10.7 per cent in September from a year earlier, while the consumer price index (CPI) rose by 0.7 per cent last month.

China’s official producer price index (PPI) rose by 10.7 per cent in September from a year earlier, while the consumer price index (CPI) rose by 0.7 per cent last month.

16 Nov 2021 - 11:52AM
Explainer | Xinjiang timeline: key dates, events as China denies Western forced labour allegations

China has been faced with international criticism over alleged forced labour, genocide and other abuses against the Uygur Muslim population since 2017.

China has been faced with international criticism over alleged forced labour, genocide and other abuses against the Uygur Muslim population since 2017.

9 Oct 2021 - 10:15PM
China power crisis weighs on manufacturing activity, drops to lowest level since coronavirus outbreak

China’s official non-manufacturing purchasing managers’ index (PMI) bounced back to 53.2 in September, but the official manufacturing PMI fell to 49.6

China’s official non-manufacturing purchasing managers’ index (PMI) bounced back to 53.2 in September, but the official manufacturing PMI fell to 49.6

30 Sep 2021 - 4:00PM
China’s US trade-deal purchases remain more than 30 per cent short of target, PIIE report says

China’s purchases of US goods under the much ballyhooed trade deal signed in January 2020 have so far reached only 69 per cent of the target, according to a new report.

China’s purchases of US goods under the much ballyhooed trade deal signed in January 2020 have so far reached only 69 per cent of the target, according to a new report.

28 Sep 2021 - 2:50PM
China’s commodity prices push factory-gate inflation to rise at fastest pace in 13 years

China’s official producer price index (PPI) rose by 9.5 per cent in August from a year earlier, while consumer price index (CPI) rose by 0.8 per cent.

China’s official producer price index (PPI) rose by 9.5 per cent in August from a year earlier, while consumer price index (CPI) rose by 0.8 per cent.

9 Sep 2021 - 5:58PM
China’s services activity ‘plunges’ after coronavirus flare-ups

China’s Caixin/Markit services purchasing managers’ index (PMI) fell to 46.7 in August from 54.9 in July, data released on Friday showed.

China’s Caixin/Markit services purchasing managers’ index (PMI) fell to 46.7 in August from 54.9 in July, data released on Friday showed.

3 Sep 2021 - 11:05PM
China’s economic recovery woes increase as services sector activity contracts

China’s official non-manufacturing purchasing managers’ index (PMI) fell to 47.5 in August, from 53.3 last month, while the official manufacturing PMI fell to 50.1.

China’s official non-manufacturing purchasing managers’ index (PMI) fell to 47.5 in August, from 53.3 last month, while the official manufacturing PMI fell to 50.1.

31 Aug 2021 - 4:22PM
Explainer | US-China trade war timeline: key dates and events since July 2018

The US-China trade war began in July 2018, eventually leading to tariffs on some US$550 billion of Chinese goods and US$185 billion of US goods.

The US-China trade war began in July 2018, eventually leading to tariffs on some US$550 billion of Chinese goods and US$185 billion of US goods.

30 Aug 2021 - 9:08AM
Explainer | What is China’s common-prosperity strategy that calls for an even distribution of wealth?

President Xi Jinping’s rhetoric on common prosperity, which calls for citizens to share in the opportunity to be wealthy, has surged this year – long after being first mentioned by former leader Mao Zedong in the 1950s.

President Xi Jinping’s rhetoric on common prosperity, which calls for citizens to share in the opportunity to be wealthy, has surged this year – long after being first mentioned by former leader Mao Zedong in the 1950s.

4 Nov 2021 - 4:32PM
China inflation: factory-gate price growth quickened in July, higher than expected

China’s official producer price index (PPI) rose by 9 per cent in July from a year earlier, while the consumer price index (CPI) rose by 1 per cent last month.

China’s official producer price index (PPI) rose by 9 per cent in July from a year earlier, while the consumer price index (CPI) rose by 1 per cent last month.

11 Aug 2021 - 5:21PM